Brass Era Vehicles will enhance 2016 Fallbrook Vintage Car Show

Bill and Anne Ottemann with their 1902 Oldsmobile in the UK London to Brighton Veteran Car Run for locomotive vehicles built before 1905. It will be displayed with the Brass Era vehicles at the show. Photo courtesy of Bill and Anne Ottemann
Bill and Anne Ottemann with their 1902 Oldsmobile in the UK London to Brighton Veteran Car Run for locomotive vehicles built before 1905. It will be displayed with the Brass Era vehicles at the show. Photo courtesy of Bill and Anne Ottemann

FALLBROOK – A terrific display of Brass Era Vehicles will be featured at the 51st Annual Fallbrook Vintage Car Show, which will be held Sunday, May 29 (Memorial Day weekend) on the grass at the Pala Mesa Resort (2001 Old Highway 395) in Fallbrook from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The earliest automobiles and trucks from 1895 through 1915 are known as Brass Era vehicles, when brass lanterns, lights, radiators and trim adorned the new Horseless Carriages, which were quickly making the horse drawn buggies and wagons obsolete.

There will be more than 20 of these denizens of the past gracing the show this year. They will be shown in their own special area and vintage car aficionados will definitely want to view these operable museum pieces of history and spend time talking to the owners who restored, maintain, and drive these marvelous machines.

The earliest will be an 1899 Peugeot three wheeler. The French, at the turn of the 20th century, were the largest and most advanced automobile manufacturers in the world.

Also being shown will be a 1902 “Curved Dash” Oldsmobile (CDO), which along with the Olds 1903 model, was the number one selling car in the world at that time. It displaced the French maker De Dion-Bouton, thereby pushing the French to the number two spot.

Buick took the number one sales mark in 1906.

The car show team is excited that there will be a 1906 Buick horseless carriage at the show. In 1909, Henry Ford took the world by storm with the introduction of every man’s affordable automobile.  Not only did he bring the huge mass production of automobiles to this country, but he instituted the 40-hour work week and $5 a day pay, both of which were huge in those days.

This allowed Ford workers on the assembly line to buy a family automobile – that was revolutionary. There will be many Ford Model T Tin Lizzies, as they became known, on display. Earlier Fords will also be present, including a Model S, which is a very rare automobile. Model T’s sold for $680 in 1909, but had dropped to $290 by 1917.

Prior to Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford started the Detroit Automobile Company.  Investors pushed him out and transformed the company into Cadillac Motor Company in 1903.  People attending the show can see a great 1910 Cadillac.

After Oldsmobile founder Ransom Eli Olds left Oldsmobile in 1904, he started the REO company. In addition to an REO car at the show, other car makes that will be represented are EMF, Overland, Monroe, Brush, and Pierce Arrow.  There will we be two 1910 EMFs – one not restored and one restored.

Compared to the other Brass Era vehicles to be shown, the unbelievably beautiful 1913 Pierce Arrow, to be displayed, was a very expensive car, made for the target audience of movie stars and business moguls.

To learn more about registering a classic car for the show, reserving a Swap Meet booth, or the club in general, visit www.FallbrookVintageCarClub.org.

Pala Mesa Resort will offer a paid, preferred parking option for this year’s show while spots last. Find out more at  www.PalaMesa.com/preferred-parking.

Proceeds from the Fallbrook Vintage Car Show support youth organizations, senior and civic organizations, and military groups in Fallbrook and surrounding areas.  More than $17,000 was donated to these organizations last year.

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